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Havant FOE Newsletter - August 2020

Sadly, not many of us could get to Ray Cobbett’s funeral but if you’d like to donate some money in his memory please send it to the Rowans hospice. https://www.rowanshospice.co.uk/donate/

 

Good news – Leader of Havant Borough Council, Cllr Wilson invited Cllr Julie Thain-Smith to take the lead for the environment and climate change on 22 July 2020.

The Leader of Havant Borough Council, Councillor Michael Wilson, said; “If we are to make a real difference to the threat posed by climate change we need to act now to achieve carbon reduction targets set on us by Central Government.”

Councillor Thain-Smith, who is also the Armed Forces Covenant representative for Havant Borough Council, said: “We can take a clear leadership role in not only reducing the council’s own carbon footprint but also by influencing a programme of interventions across the borough through our policies, programmes, projects and services.”

“The new Cabinet role will lead on and develop the council’s new climate change and environment strategy, and an action plan to focus on measures for the whole organisation”.

 

Hampshire County Council Climate Strategy 2020-25. This was approved by Cabinet on July 14th and you can read it on https://documents.hants.gov.uk/environment/Hampshire-Climate-Change-strategy-2020-2025.pdf 

Members of Havant FOE have been involved with County meetings to discuss the document and are challenging some of the conclusions with groups from around the County via the Hampshire Climate Action Network. HCAN have produced an excellent response to the policy and you can download it from the Havant Climate Alliance website: https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/a-climate-strategy-for-hampshire/

 

One of things about the policy we’re not happy about is the target of 2050 for Hampshire to achieve Net Zero emissions so HCAN has put a letter together for County Councillors, urging them to aim at 2030. The link is the same as above. We’d like as many groups as possible to support this, so please take a look and send your name and organisation to [email protected] to be added.

 

Build Back Better https://www.buildbackbetteruk.org/ is running a campaign, initiated by Green New Deal UK, to gather widespread community support for rebuilding our society for the better. As part of the campaign, communities around the country are gathering signatories to a letter to MPs to be delivered during the day of action on Thursday 27 August, before the start of the next parliamentary session. Please add your group’s name to the list of signatories, you can see the local letter on the Havant Climate Alliance website from Monday. If you can, urge others to sign up as well.

 

Planning changes. FOE are sure that the changes to planning regulations just announced will be bad news for communities and for the environment. https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/planning-reforms-are-bad-news-communities-and-environment

 

There are some interesting surveys done by the Conservative Environmental Network which show the level of support for a green recovery https://www.cen.uk.com/polling

 

Nitrates. There’s still no clear solution to the problems of nitrate pollution in Langstone and Chichester Harbours but HFOE and Havant Borough Residents’ Association have met with local councillors and solutions are being sought.

 

We’re very keen on the ideas of Kate Raworth and Doughnut Economics. Other fans will be interested to know she has just published guide for downscaling it to cities. If you’re not familiar with doughnut economics it’s a tool for examining how to live within planetary boundaries in a fair and equitable way. This TED talk gives the gist of it.

 

Tightening building regulations : make your views heard– Without tighter building regulations, new housing is going to continue to leak energy and it will be impossible for local councils to enforce tougher standards. Here’s a draft letter to Robert Jenrick, the Minister. It would be worth copying your letter to your local MP too.

 

Have you signed The time is Now Declaration for MPs? We need the to get a move on with serious climate action! https://thetimeisnow.uk/

 

A new campaign has just been launched, calling for a new bill to go through Parliament as fast as possible. The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill calls for:

  • the UK to make and enact a serious plan. This means dealing with our real fair share of emissions so that we don’t go over critical global rises in temperature
  • our entire carbon footprint be taken into account (in the UK and overseas)
  • the protection and conservation of nature here and overseas along supply chains, recognising the damage we cause through the goods we consume
  • those in power not to depend on technology to save the day, which is used as an excuse to carry on polluting as usual
  • ordinary people to have a real say on the way forward in a citizens’ assembly with bite

Find out more https://www.ceebill.uk/

 

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Good news!

Repair Cafe Havant and Community Cycle Centre have received funding to run six Dr Bike sessions in Havant Park starting Tuesday 25 August.

The first three sessions will be on Tuesdays from 11 am to 3pm (25 August 1 September and 8 September) and we are looking at making the second three on the following three Saturdays.

If you are interested in finding out more as a volunteer or to get your bike checked email [email protected]

 

There are lots of groups coming up with ideas for building a greener economy. Here’s one from the Green Alliance https://www.green-alliance.org.uk/resources/Blueprint_for_a_resilient_economy.pdf

 

Air quality. FOE have recently produced a map of over 1000 places which are still exceeding air quality limits, including a number in Portsmouth. https://friendsoftheearth.uk/clean-air/mapped-more-one-thousand-locations-england-still-breaching-air-pollution-limits. “Failing to fix air pollution costs lives. It also shows a failure to address the climate crisis because the sources and solutions are intrinsically linked.”

A tribute to long standing Havant FOE stalwart

We are sorry to announce the sad news that our stalwart Ray Cobbett passed away on the 3rd of July.

Ray had been a leading light in the Havant FOE community for the last 18 years, and it’s hard to know how we will manage without his knowledge and guidance.

Ray was a tower of strength and understood the enormity and complexity of local and world issues that we all face. He also worked hard to influence others to take up an earth friendly lifestyle and value our green spaces, and the planet we live on.

Ray was born and educated in Wimbledon, South London and became an engineer in the RAF serving in the Middle and Far East in the fifties. He moved to Hampshire in the early sixties joining IBM in Hursley Development Laboratories near Winchester. He later transferred to IBM’s Headquarters in Portsmouth, responsible for procurement and supplies management and made Havant his new home in 1978.

A two-year secondment followed to the London Enterprise Agency (Lenta) as a marketing counsellor for new business start-ups that put Ray in the centre of inner-city renewal. After Lenta joined IBM’s European operations in Paris travelling widely throughout Europe and the US promoting offset arrangement between IBM’s worldwide locations and countries whose supply base was viable.

On returning from Paris, Ray took up a position managing procurement throughout the UK. Always an active citizen, Ray joined the Lib Dems and throughout his thirty-year membership was chairman three times, candidate and eventually a Hampshire County Councillor for Havant and Emsworth in the nineties. The community had always been part and parcel of Ray’s life and while living in Havant and eventually later settling down in Emsworth.

Ray had also served on the governing body and boards of schools, Havant Arts Centre, Havant Housing Association and Emsworth Residents Association among other organisations. He had also led various campaigns and in 2002 launched Havant Friends of the Earth.

Since retirement Ray devoted most of his time to environmental issues. He had written extensively for newspapers and magazines as well as attending presentations and organising events.

We would like to all join in and send our sincere condolences to Ray’s family at this sad time.

Havant FOE Newsletter - July 2020

News from Havant Friends of the Earth

 

The Time is Now – building a green economy

Lots of us met with local MPs as part of the Time is Now lobby, organised by the Climate Coalition, on Tuesday 30th June. It was a useful exercise and we are engaged with follow up letters and actions. So far, the promised Green Recovery hasn’t been allocated much funding, compared with other countries so letters to MPs urging more action fast would be very welcome.

Friends of the Earth have created a new petition https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/tell-chancellor-you-want-green-and-fair-pandemic-recovery

There are also loads of useful resources on the FOE website. They are campaigning about climate change, tree cover, trade and climate, plastics, nature, Heathrow expansion, bees and fracking https://friendsoftheearth.uk/about-us/our-campaigns

Trade deals

One of the FOE campaigns is about the trade deal with the US which is being negotiated at the moment. You’ve probably seen the publicity about threats to our food standards and NHS but there’s lots more to it and adopting it in full could seriously undermine our efforts to build a new green economy.

Global Justice Portsmouth have invited Nick Dearden, Director of Global Justice Now to talk to us on Monday at 5.30 about what’s involved in the deal and what we can do about it. More details here: http://www.campaign.exchange/event/stop-the-toxic-trade-deal-with-trump/

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